Scottish Events 2013
by Terry H and Rob J
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J, Terry and Dilys H headed north for the Scottish VMCC events without
Jean this year. Rob took the Venom as the rigid MAC had a carburettor
took the Guzzi. We arranged a meeting at the Strensham Services on the
drove to our overnight stop at the Westmorland Farm services, at Tebay,
of Carlisle. This would in theory
give us a
short drive to Crieff on the Friday. Some
hundred miles short of our destination I noticed
blue smoke pouring from Terry’s trailer left wheel. Inspection showed
bearing cover was missing and the bearing had run hot and overheated.
managed to get some grease from a maintenance vehicle at the next
using a cut down Costa Coffee cup, as a cover, drove carefully on.
on the Friday Terry called out the breakdown services and we followed
trailer, now on the low loader, to Carlisle.
early afternoon, with all new bearings and a lighter wallet, we were on
road to Creiff where we arrived about 6pm. We set up and later went to
marquee for a chat. The bar was not open so we took a few bottles.
day of the S&T was dry with some possible showers.
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the programme and all the bikes were lined up. We were waved off with
Scottish flag, Terry and Dilys at 10:50 and Rob at 10:56. We had opted
short route at 24 mph. The whole route card for the morning and
sections was contained on one sheet of A4 and had only 14 instructions.
took us to Aberfeldy, and along a lovely road with good views to the
at the Clachan Cottage Hotel, on Loch Earn.
The afternoon run was
the main road back to Crieff.
This interesting 1922 Humber sports 600cc
flat twin was seen back at the finish.
evening consisted of drinks and a buffet and the presentation of
awards. Needless to say, we
didn’t get any.
morning of the social run dawned wet and grey. Leaving Crieff we
through some large puddles and were heading for some very dark rain
After a few showers the day did brighten up. The route took us south
the valley of the River Earn, with some lovely views, before turning up
Glenshee. We were warned of single track roads, a sharp hairpin bend
ford. All were negotiated with no
The lunch stop was at Wester Pickston Railway. This is a 16mm
located in a woodland site and owned by the Scottish Model Engineering
There was a short run back. On returning I found that my gas cylinder
out in my Romahome camper, so Dilys and Terry treated me to dinner in
had decided to head further north this year so with bikes loaded on
left Crieff at 10:00 to cover the 135 miles to Evanton, north of
Inverness, on the Cromarty Firth.
On arrival at our campsite I enquired
gas cylinder and was told that there were some on site. So we set up
and I went
off to purchase some gas only to find that they only had the smaller
“You can get some up the road in Alness about three miles away.”
campsite owner. The choice was to pack up the camper and disconnect
and drive there or take the Velo. Luckily I had brought my top box so
duly fitted and the gas cylinder wedged in and off I went. In an hour I
cooking with gas. We did some shopping in the village co-op before
evening meal in the local pub.
and I had discussed a trip around Loch Ness and, according to my map
had estimated it to be about 75 miles.
The weather was sunny and the
of the route was quite boring. It did improve with some twisty bits on
before reaching Drumnadrochit where we stopped for a cup of tea. We
Dave and Val from Scarborough who told us about the parking problems at
Urquart. Returning to the A82
to Fort Augustus we spotted a lay-by and
to photograph the castle. We were shouted at by one of the parking
but having helmets on and engines running we were unable to understand
greeting he used. At lunch in Fort Augustus,
we all had some
very tasty fish and chips from the Lock Inn. Terry ordered two and a
of lager then changed his mind and ordered some real ale which confused
the landlord as he now thought we actually wanted four pints and two
food at tables on the side of the locks and watched a boat negotiate
the Caledonian Canal. Duly fed and
watered we set off on B
roads around the other side of the Loch.
road to Whitebridge gave us some fantastic views of the mountains and
military road through Foyers gave us a much better and traffic free
views of Loch Ness. This is most definitely the best side of Loch Ness
riding. We reached our campsite around tea time after a run of 101
according to Terry’s mileometer. Seems my estimates were slightly out.
was raining when we left Evanton and headed north west to Ullapool, a
about 60 miles. As we crested a pass the rain stopped and the sun came
giving us a view down Lochbroom to Ullapool in the distance.
at Broomfield Holiday Park,
situated on the loch side and in easy walking distance of the town.
Terry and I
explored Ullapool, looked at the shops, checked the restaurants, had a
checked the ferry times to Stornoway.
After an evening meal at the
we went back to the campsite and saw a spectacular sunset before
plan today was to take a Cal-Mac ferry to Stornoway. We knew that we
only 10 minutes on shore but we thought it would be good to view the
Ullapool and say we had been to the Outer
We took binoculars so we could look out for wild life. The weather was
we did have good views of the islands. The trip cost £17.50 return
while a half
day boat trip around the islands was priced at £40 in Ullapool.
were faced with a journey of 170 miles down to Blairgowrie for the 39th
Scottish National Rally, so we set off around 10 and aimed to arrive at
Just outside Inverness my temperature
light came on so I pulled over. Checking under the bonnet everything
fine, engine and radiator cool enough, no overheating or loss of water.
to press on. On reaching Blairgowrie I took a wrong turn into a
needing to turn around, had to unhitch the trailer. When attempting to
van there was nothing. Resorting to the AA it was seen that the fan
driving the alternator was missing. The AA did not have a grooved belt
local Puegeot garage did. Unfortunately theirs were too long but the
could get one by Monday. We also noticed that the wiring had been
fitted and the ignition warning light was lighting up the temperature
light. Jump starting the van I headed for
Blairgowrie Rugby Club with the AA van following. What an entry!
up on site and it was over to the bar for a pint, nibble and natter.
surprise when I ordered some drinks to be asked if I wanted a fan belt
The salesman at the garage was now working behind the bar.
90 entrants assembled for the rally. We elected for the short route and
with me setting off some 13 minutes before Terry. The route took us out
The Bridge of Cally and some mountain roads to Pitlochry and Aberfeldy
at The Kenmore Hotel on Loch Tay.
The return route saw us climb up the
road to Glen Quiach where we met a micro car club at the summit,
being towed up! We then followed part of the route we had taken the
week over Little Glenshee, through the ford back to Blairgowrie.
it seemed the short route was close to 100 miles! The evening
Terry get the timekeeping award in the post 1970 class.
social run was some 50 miles in total using a scenic route to Glamis
stopped at the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club museum to view the
have a BBQ. We called in for a pint at the Dalmore restaurant before
to the rugby field and loading the bikes on trailers.
good 11 days with a chance to catch up with old friends like Paddy
make new ones, look at old motorcycles and ride some very interesting
and Dilys were next off to the Lake District while Rob was off to
Dumfries to do some motorcycling with a fellow
Club member. The following few pictures were taken at the Ravenglass
and Eskdale 16 inch gauge steam railway in the Lake District.
we would like to thank our sponsors for their help in make it possible;-
and Dilys Hopes - sponsored by Costa Coffee
Jones - sponsored by the AA. (yet again)